BIO SUMMARY

Full Name: Barbara Ann Mandrell

Birthdate: December 25, 1948

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Sex: Female

Status: Married

Known For: American singer, vocalist, and actress.

Family: Irby Matthew Mandrell (Father), Mary Ellen (Mother), Thelma Louise Mandrell (Sister) Ellen Irlene Mandrell (Sister).

Barbara Mandrell is an American country music musician, singer, and actress born on December 25, 1948. She is one of America’s most successful female vocalists of all time.

Her music genres are County, Country Pop, and Nashville sound. She is also adept at playing the pedal steel guitar, accordion, banjo, piano, and saxophone.

She became famous for her work in the music industry which includes a long list of country hits released in the 1970s and 1980s as well as her variety TV show on NBC.

After a beautiful and successful career, Barbara Mandrell retired from performing music after a concert held on October 23, 1997, at the Grand Ole Opry House.

She has won several awards in what was an illustrious music career. Let us have a look at her biography. Who is Barbara Mandrell? Who is her family? Where is she from? What does she do? And what other significant details should you know about her?

FAMILY

Barbara Mandrell was born into a musical family in Houston, Texas on the Christmas day of 1948.

She is the first of three girls that her parents had. Her father, Irby Matthew Mandrell, was a veteran of the Second World War as well as a Texas police officer.

Irby Mandrell was also a musician and entrepreneur. With his musical knowledge, Barbara’s father managed her career and that of her sisters for over 30 years. He passed away on March 5, 2009.

Her mother, Mary Ellen, was also a musician and homemaker from Wayne County, Illinois.

Barbara’s sisters are Thelma Louise Mandrell and Ellen Irlene Mandrell. Both of them are also accomplished in the music industry.

Barbara Mandrell was 13 years old when her talents with the steel guitar at a Music trade convention in Chicago which her father took her to drew the attention of RCA Records producer, Chet Atkins as well as popular bandleader, Joe Maphis.

From then on, she began performing in Maphis’s Las Vegas night club show as well as subsequently going on several tours in the United States and Asia.

Barbara married Ken Dudney on May 28 1967, and their marriage is blessed with three children. S

She has two sons named Kenneth Matthew Dudney, Nathaniel Mandrel Dudney and a daughter, Jaime Dudney (born February 23, 1976)

Jaime Dudney is an actress who starred in the movies Get the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story, Get a Job and As the World Turns.

BARBARA MANDRELL AGE

Barbara Mandrell was born in Houston, Texas on December 25, 1948. She is 72 years old. She is the eldest daughter and first child in a family of five.

She has two younger sisters, Thelma Louise Mandrell and Ellen Irlene Mandrell who are also musicians.

Her immediate younger sister, Thelma, was born on July 13, 1954. Her youngest sister, Ellen, was born 18 months after the birth of Thelma on January 29, 1956.

RELATIONSHIPS AND EDUCATION

In terms of relationship, Barbara Mandrell has been married for over 50 years, marrying her husband, Ken Dudney in 1967.

Ken Dudney was the drummer of the Mandrell Family Band which was founded by Barbara, her sisters and their parents.

Barbara Mandrell graduated from Oceanside High School, and she married Ken shortly after she graduated from school.

She learned to play the pedal steel and the lap steel guitar. She is also adept at playing the piano, banjo, saxophone, and many other musical instruments.

She played the pedal steel guitar so well that Pasty Cline once wrote “a 13-year-old blonde doll who plays the steel guitar out of this world! What a show woman!”

HEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT

Barbara Mandrell’s height is measured at 5ft2in, which is about 157cm. She has a blue eye colour. She is blonde, and her sexual orientation is straight.

There are no specifics to her weight, but she is around 52kg and weighs 115lb. Her body measurements and statistics are also given as 33-26-35.

SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

Barbara Mandrell does not seem to be active on social media. She, however, has a Twitter handle which has been opened since 2011.

Nonetheless, the account having only 146 tweets since then is an indication she is not all that active on social media.

She uses the page to share her thoughts but mostly to promote her clothing merchandise.

Barbara also has a Facebook page which uses to promote her merchandise as well.

NET WORTH AND INCOME

Although she retired from performing music over 20 years ago, Barbara has a reported net worth of $45 million.

Asides making music, she was also an actress. Presently, she has clothing merchandise she promotes.

BARBARA MANDRELL AWARDS

Barbara Mandrell is a hugely decorated figure. She has received several awards all through her career and even after she retired from the industry.

Here is a list of her the awards in her cabinet,

1971Academy of Country Music AwardsTop New Female Vocalist
1976Music City News CountryMost Promising Female Artist of the Year
1978Academy of Country Music AwardsTop Female Vocalist
1979Music City News CountryFemale Artist of the Year
1979Country Music Association AwardsFemale Vocalist of the Year
1980Academy of Country Music AwardsEntertainer of the Year
1980Country Music Association AwardsEntertainer of the Year
1980American Music AwardsFavourite Country Single – “Sleeping Single In a Double Bed”
1981Academy of Country Music AwardsTop Female Vocalist
1981Country Music Association AwardsEntertainer of the Year
1981Country Music Association AwardsFemale Vocalist of the Year
1981American Music AwardsFavourite Female Country Artist
1981Music City News CountryComedian of the Year
1981Music City News CountryFemale Artist of the Year
1981Music City News CountryInstrumentalist of the Year
1981People magazine25 Most Intriguing List
1982People’s Choice AwardsFavourite All-Around Female Performer
1982People’s Choice AwardsFavourite Female Personality
1982People’s Choice AwardsFavourite Female Musical Performer
1982Music City News CountryFemale Artist of the Year
1982Music City News CountryInstrumentalist of the Year
1983People’s Choice AwardsFavourite All-Around Female Performer
1983American Music AwardsFavourite Female Country Artist
1983Grammy AwardsBest Inspirational Performance – “He Set My Life to Music”
1984People’s Choice AwardsFavourite All-Around Female Musical Performer
1984American Music AwardsFavourite Female Country Artist
1984Grammy AwardsBest Soul Gospel Duo Performance —
“I’m So Glad We’re Standing Here Today” (w/ Bobby Jones)
1985American Music AwardsFavourite Female Country Artist
1985Music City News CountryLiving Legend Award
1985People’s Choice AwardsFavourite All-Around Female Performer
1985People’s Choice AwardsFavourite Female Musical Performer
1986People’s Choice AwardsAll-Around Female Performer
1987People’s Choice AwardAll-Around Female Performer
1987American Music AwardsFavourite Female Country Artist
1991TNN/Music City News AwardsMinnie Pearl Award
1992Woman of the WorldWoman of the World Award (tied w/Oprah Winfrey)
1999Country-Gospel Music Hall of FameElected to the Country-Gospel Hall of Fame
2001Academy of Country Music AwardsPioneer Award
2002CMT’s 40 Greatest Women of Country MusicRank No. 38
2005Academy of Country MusicTriple Crown Award
2007People magazineRanked in the “100 Most Beautiful” list
2008People magazineRanked in “100 Most Beautiful at any age” list
2009Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumInductee
2009Southern Music Gospel AssociationJames D. Vaughan Impact Award
2012Arts Music GuildFavourite Retro Artist
2014Musicians Hall of Fame and MuseumInductee